The Missouri Department of Public Safety has awarded grant money to several police departments in the KMZU listening area. Click to hear KMZU’s Chelsea Wade talk with Communications Director Mike O’Connell.

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Press Release from the Missouri Department of Public Safety:

JEFFERSON CITY – The Missouri Department of Public Safety announced today that law enforcement agencies in the Kansas City area were awarded more than $1.8 million in grants designed to combat illegal drugs and drug-related crimes, and to strengthen law enforcement efforts. The grants will help ensure the continued strength of Missouri’s multi-jurisdictional drug task forces during tight budget times.

“These grants are designed to make Missouri communities safer and stronger by bolstering the state’s highly effective multi-jurisdictional drug task forces in the battle against drugs and drug-related crime,” said Department of Public Safety Director John M. Britt. “The grants should make a real difference by allowing these law enforcement agencies to continue to devote significant resources to the fight against illegal drugs.”

The initiatives receiving a portion of the $1,886,771 in grants are:

· The Kansas City Multi-Jurisdictional Task Force will receive $389,410

· The Sheriff’s Office in Carroll County will receive $8,539

· The Clay County Drug Task Force will receive $455,118

· The Jackson County Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force will receive $321,378

· The Drug Abatement Response Team in Jackson County will receive $247,910

· The Lafayette County Narcotics Unit will receive $177,705

· The Platte County Multi-Jurisdictional Enforcement Group will receive $286,711

Including these Kansas City area initiatives, a total of $7,135,243 in federal Edward J. Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grants (JAG) is being awarded to 27 multi-jurisdictional drug task forces operated by counties and municipalities; one program that responds to clandestine methamphetamine labs and provides important supplies to emergency response personnel; two prosecutorial efforts to combat drugs; one program focused on preventing drug use through education and early intervention; one prosecutorial program to investigate sexual and domestic abuse; two law enforcement agencies for records management system purchases; three law enforcement agencies for equipment purchases; and one program that assists the Department of Public Safety develop crime fighting strategy.

The grants will utilize $1,340,236 from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.